Big Agnes Sleeping Mat Buying Guide

Posted by Mark Richardson on Mar 18, 2024

In this post we look at the Big Agnes sleeping mats that we stock and tell you a bit about them. Big Agnes's sleeping mats start at around 400 grams, they tend not to make extremely lightweight pads, preferring to focus on comfort and high insulation value, their pads are light for the job that they do.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing an Ultralight Sleeping Mat

Posted by Fran O'Donnell on Feb 26, 2024

The key factors to take into consideration when choosing a sleeping mat are the pack size, weight, your budget and most importantly what time of year you will be using it which, determines the level of insulation you need. Comfort in an outdoor sense is partly dictated by being able to iron out the lumps and bumps in the ground with the mat, but insulation is king and if you’re cold you won’t slee …
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Anatomy of a Quilt - by Enlightened Equipment

Posted by Mark Richardson on Feb 02, 2023

Enlightened Equipment are experts in camping quilts; there's quite a lot to these alternatives to sleeping bags and we've reproduced their views and advice on this page to help you decide if a quilt could be for you.

Thermarest 'How To' Videos

Posted by Mark Richardson on Jul 08, 2022

In this post we've drawn together the range of 'How To' videos from Thermarest, some are particular to their own products but others apply more generally.

About Thermarest

Posted by Mark Richardson on Jul 08, 2022

In 2022 Thermarest was 50 years old. They were the first to design a self inflating sleeping mat for backpackers, and have been innovating ever since. Thermarest, we salute you.

Thermarest Sleeping Bags Explained

Posted by Mark Richardson on Jul 06, 2022

In this post we look at the various Thermarest Sleeping Bags and explain the differences and best use.

Thermarest 'Fast & Light' Sleeping Mats Explained

Posted by Mark Richardson on Jul 05, 2022

Thermarest divide their sleeping mats into three distinct ranges, Fast & Light, Trek & Travel and Camp Comfort - In this post we focus on the Fast & Light category explaining the differences between each mat and giving our opinion.

About Sea to Summit

Posted by Mark Richardson on Jun 29, 2022

In this post we tell you all about Sea to Summit. We were the first company in the UK to recognise the quality of products made by this company and for many years we were the only ones selling Sea to Summit sleeping bags.

Knowledgebase Page - Sleeping Bag Features Page 2

May 24, 2022

Rectangular versus Mummy shapes - Most sleeping bags you will see on our website are Mummy shaped, this is because a close-fitting bag will be warmer for a given weight because there is less volume of air to move around carrying heat away with it, and a close-fitting bag weighs less than other shapes because there is no waste of material.Some people feel too restricted by a mummy bag and would r …
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Sleeping Bag Features and Construction - Page 1

May 24, 2022

Zips - Most sleeping bags are fitted with a full-length zip that runs the length of the bag almost to the foot. These zips usually have a slider at each end, allowing you to ventilate the bag from the foot end if it's too warm for the conditions. Some manufacturers make bags with zips on either the left or the right-hand side. A left-hand zip is by your left hand as you lie in the bag on your ba …
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R-Value Explained

Posted by Fran O'Donnell on May 23, 2022

What is an R-value?The R-value is a measure used to rate how well your sleeping mat will stop heat loss. Thermal resistance is the measurement that indicates a materials ability to insulate - there are a number of different ways to express this but, as they all measure the same factor, they are all related. The starting point is the R-value.In the past, some brands quoted the R-value in SI units, …
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Knowledgebase Page - Best New Sleeping Bags for 2019

Oct 21, 2019

We've selected our favourite NEW Sleeping Bags introduced for 2019, READ THE FULL ARTICLE or JUMP to the relevant BRAND using the links below:Updated Spark series - New bags, New Fabrics and Updated construction Sea to Summit's SPARK series of sleeping bags are their lightest bags with a warmth to weight ratio that's among the best available. For 2019 they have introduced an SP0 bag aimed at summe …
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